Urban Garden Mural

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This mural was painted in Sather Lane, a public passageway running between a business complex across the street from the UC Berkeley campus in Berkeley, California. The painting is approximately 50ft x 14ft and currently runs half the length of the Northern end of the alley. The planning stages to do the second half of the passageway in February or March of 2017.

The “Urban Garden” concept was created to give a fresh, inviting and bright feel to the previously drab walkway, and the garden gives a nod to the local, green, organic lifestyle popular in Berkeley. The vegetables are not only food, but have doors and windows with ramps, ladders, and stairways connecting them. Though whimsical and fun, the theme also contains commentary on the importance of of sustainability, organic living, and plentiful affordable housing for all. The illustration was first created to scale and then used it as the basis of the final painting, which I painted by hand with brushes and house paint over the course of about 4 days. #UrbanGardenMural

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Here are a couple shots of the piece in progress:

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Here is what the original approved sketch looked like:

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You can visit the mural when you are in Berkeley, and be sure to stop at Yogurt Park or Famous Bao when you are there:

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